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Meet the Iconics: Jirelle

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Illustration by Wayne Reynolds

Introducing the first of the Advanced Class Guide's new iconic characters, Jirelle the swashbuckler. While the complete rules for making your own swashbuckler characters debut in the Advanced Class Guide this August, Jirelle herself features in the our upcoming Free RPG Day adventure, Pathfinder Module: Risen from the Sands, available at participating game stores Saturday June 21st. Jirelle is also a playable character in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull & Shackles Base Set due in August.

Jirelle may have been born and raised on a ship, and she might call the Shackles her homeland, but she never considered herself a pirate, even if only to distance herself from the darkest part of her childhood: her mother.

Today, Jirelle is a friendly sort with a biting wit and a charming personality. She makes new friends as swiftly as she strikes with her rapier, and while she has a flair for the dramatic (why merely attack a foe when you can make a show of it with a twirl of the cape or a somersault or two?), she never favors ostentation or glory over the opportunity to help a friend in need. Jirelle understands that the strength of one's relationships with friends, allies, lovers, and family make one strong. It was her mother's failure to forge such bonds that allowed a young Jirelle to escape from a life that would have likely seen offered as sacrifice to the shark demon Ovonovo before the close of her thirteenth birthday.

On the subject of her mother or her ship, the Bloodcrow, the typically light-hearted half-elf grows serious. Jirelle does not share the secrets of her childhood with just anyone. As such, few know how she engineered the sinking of the Bloodcrow and the death of her wretched elven mother off the coast of Tempest Cay. Jirelle often jokes that she befriends for life, with the playful, only slightly malicious glint in her eyes implying what might happen to those who would betray such friendship.

After escaping the Bloodcrow, Jirelle spent some time surviving as a street rat in the alleys of Drenchport. Armed with a fine rapier and clad in her her mother's magical cloak (the only two things she managed to escape the Bloodcrow's wreckage with), Jirelle kept every coin and bauble she earned in a thrice-locked chest she keeps well hidden and protected. At first, she'd hoped to save enough money to afford a move from the Shackles to distant Taldor, drawn by tales of a land where duels and extravagance and civility promised a better life. But when rumors of a strange, ghostly ship plying the sea-ways of the Shackles reached her—fearful stories of a vessel commanded by an imperious banshee and bound by undeath—Jirelle realized that in sinking the Bloodcrow she'd done the exact opposite of what she'd intended. Rather than spare the Shackles of a brutal pirate queen, she'd unleashed an even deadlier scourge upon the Fever Sea.

Today, Jirelle seeks the funds to someday finance a ship and crew of her own. She plans not to become a pirate—for a life of plunder and cruelty holds no appeal for the daring swashbuckler—but to finish the job she started on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. Jirelle knows she can't do this on her own, though. So she seeks true and able allies, knowing that only with bravery and trust will the Bloodcrow's days be numbered.

James Jacobs
Creative Director

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It has begun! And it is Beautiful! :}


Yay it does start this week!

Awesome character design, though WizKids might go insane when they try and add even a fraction of that detail to her no doubt eventual PFB mini!

I have this feeling Wayne Reynolds has outdone himself for epic detail in the new iconics... but we'll have to wait and see to know for sure!


Awesome story, and equally awesome artwork!


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The story gave me chills! WOOT for ACG.


Very nice indeed.


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I just hope she doesn't name her ship "Joery" or something like that ...


Also, what happened to her dad?

From the sound of it, he probably ended up as shark bait.


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Wow...that art is amazing!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Didn't we already have a female half-elf iconic? I wish she was a catfolk and I wish some of the human iconics were other non-core races.

Well interesting back story and good artwork.


Dragon78 wrote:

Didn't we already have a female half-elf iconic? I wish she was a catfolk and I wish some of the human iconics were other non-core races.

Well interesting back story and good artwork.

what's funny is that the other female half-elf iconic is the gunslinger, one of the parent classes for the swashbuckler.

Dark Archive

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Actually, isn't she the third female half-elf Iconic, after Reiko and Lirianne?


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the iconic pirate who does not want to be a pirate
go to taldor or whatever, jirelle
we would rather have the Bloodcrow anyway

Bloodcrow 2015


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Kryptik wrote:

Also, what happened to her dad?

From the sound of it, he probably ended up as shark bait.

Shark bait, ooh ha ha!

I always love these blog posts, BTW.


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Kvantum wrote:
Actually, isn't she the third female half-elf Iconic, after Reiko and Lirianne?

Full human, thank you very much.

Liberty's Edge

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Love the art and love the background story!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Her background makes her perfect for a Skull & Shackles character. I wonder if each of the other iconics backgrounds will match well with other Adventure Paths.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Grand Lodge RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

Nice! Way to be swashbuckler-y without being a "stock" pirate! Love it!

Dark Archive

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Reiko of White Wave wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Actually, isn't she the third female half-elf Iconic, after Reiko and Lirianne?
Full human, thank you very much.

Sorry. Guess I had you and Lirianne confused as to whose childhood was in that pic in chapter 1 of Ultimate Campaign.

Shadow Lodge

You know, I wouldn't be surprised if an AP with her as a helpful NPC trying to get the players to help her take down the Bloodcrow is going to be a thing later.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kryptik wrote:

Also, what happened to her dad?

From the sound of it, he probably ended up as shark bait.

One of the many mysteries in her life that we may or may not some day reveal. ;-)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Dragon78 wrote:

Didn't we already have a female half-elf iconic? I wish she was a catfolk and I wish some of the human iconics were other non-core races.

Well interesting back story and good artwork.

Non-core races, not being core, aren't appropriate to be iconic characters.

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zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Chaotic good.

Cayden Cailean.

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Dragonborn3 wrote:
You know, I wouldn't be surprised if an AP with her as a helpful NPC trying to get the players to help her take down the Bloodcrow is going to be a thing later.

I would! :-P

We generally try to infuse iconics with cool backstories that could launch campaigns, but we generally don't utilize those elements in APs.

Silver Crusade

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Dig. Also, very nice symmetry going on between her and the male half-elf iconic, Seltyiel. Opposite alignments, very similar goals for very different reasons. Those two are going to have to team up at some point. :)

Also looking forward to that cloak getting use as an action prop in future artwork. Lots of visual creativity waiting to happen there!

DEM BOOTS

James Jacobs wrote:
Non-core races, not being core, aren't appropriate to be iconic characters.

In my heart of hearts, she's secretly a tiefling. ;)


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I do not look forward to painting the miniature that Reaper (hopefully) eventually produces for her.

Studded Leather... ugh.

Paizo Employee Developer

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zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Yup! Both are revealed in her print debut, Risen From the Sands.

Edit: Or James might just spill those details above. Good job holding some surprises close to the chest, Jacobs!

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

zergtitan wrote:
It has begun! And it is Beautiful! :}

Bah! Too much clothing. ;)


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She looks awesome.

Dark Archive

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She is lovely. Welcome to the team, Jirelle. Fashion is important, girl, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Work that runway.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Mark Moreland wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Yup! Both are revealed in her print debut, Risen From the Sands.

Edit: Or James might just spill those details above. Good job holding some surprises close to the chest, Jacobs!

Sue me for wanting to be the one to reveal information about our iconics first on Paizo.com rather than in the form of blurry internet photos, I guess! :-P


Being blind I can't comment on the artwork, but I do love the backstory!


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Love it!

I'm quite exceed about this release in general, and this is definitely adding fuel to the fire.

Sczarni

I can't wait for the Reaper miniature. Should be a blast to paint up.


James Jacobs wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Chaotic good.

Cayden Cailean.

Awesome artwork and really cool story!

Chaotic good and Cayden Cailean. Couldn't be better :)
Great work James and really fitting that you of all people wrote it.

Grand Lodge

Awesome.


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is she standing on Merisiel's throat in the full artwork or does that come later

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Lamontius wrote:

is she standing on Merisiel's throat in the full artwork or does that come later

No. Why would you even think that? You MONSTER!!!


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Nice artwork. Real nicely done. She even gets bonus points for having somewhat realistic armor with no cleavage window or other things of the sort. All the various things hanging off of her armor might even fit for a swashbuckler where it doesn't for some other classes. She gets even more bonus points for having a realistic sized weapon. Reynolds must really of had to restrain himself on that one.

One thing I would like to know is how her name is pronounced. Is the final "e" at the end of her name silent or not?


James Jacobs wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Chaotic good.

Cayden Cailean.

So same race as the iconic gunslinger and same god as the iconic fighter. Perfect combo!


James Jacobs wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

is she standing on Merisiel's throat in the full artwork or does that come later

No. Why would you even think that? You MONSTER!!!

I assume you had some input in class! :)

Are you pleased with how it turned out?


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James Jacobs wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Chaotic good.

Cayden Cailean.

I can already imagine Jirelle and Valeros being best friends, raising a toast to their shared patron god before going on wild and crazy adventures together.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

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James Jacobs wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

is she standing on Merisiel's throat in the full artwork or does that come later

No. Why would you even think that? You MONSTER!!!

Yes, I would think that. I would even provide Jirelle with cleats.

Sovereign Court

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I wonder when the bulls will come...

http://toromaya.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/lupitalopez1.jpg

http://www.hidalgosport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/normal106.jpg


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Gentleman Alligator wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
zergtitan wrote:
Actually does anybody know what her alignment and patron deity is?

Chaotic good.

Cayden Cailean.

I can already imagine Jirelle and Valeros being best friends, raising a toast to their shared patron god before going on wild and crazy adventures together.

how dare you

Bloodcrow 2015

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Drock11 wrote:

Nice artwork. Real nicely done. She even gets bonus points for having somewhat realistic armor with no cleavage window or other things of the sort. All the various things hanging off of her armor might even fit for a swashbuckler where it doesn't for some other classes. She gets even more bonus points for having a realistic sized weapon. Reynolds must really of had to restrain himself on that one.

One thing I would like to know is how her name is pronounced. Is the final "e" at the end of her name silent or not?

It's silent.

jeh-RELL

(Kinda like "Michelle")

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Zark wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

is she standing on Merisiel's throat in the full artwork or does that come later

No. Why would you even think that? You MONSTER!!!

I assume you had some input in class! :)

Are you pleased with how it turned out?

I am! Especially given the full support beyond the class features itself, and how the feats and other elements in the book help to diversify and expand on swashbuckler options even more.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
Zark wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Lamontius wrote:

is she standing on Merisiel's throat in the full artwork or does that come later

No. Why would you even think that? You MONSTER!!!

I assume you had some input in class! :)

Are you pleased with how it turned out?

I am! Especially given the full support beyond the class features itself, and how the feats and other elements in the book help to diversify and expand on swashbuckler options even more.

Tease. :-)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Jirelle is also a playable character in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Skull & Shackles Base Set due in August.

(A fact I just added to the blog.)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Drock11 wrote:
One thing I would like to know is how her name is pronounced. Is the final "e" at the end of her name silent or not?

It's silent.

jeh-RELL

(Kinda like "Michelle")

♫ Jirelle, ma belle

Someday monkey won't play piano song

♫Play piano song...

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